Taiwan to shorten quarantine period for foreign visitors to 3 days

Taiwan says it will shorten its coronavirus-related quarantine for all arrivals from the current seven days to three days, starting from next Wednesday.

Taiwan authorities made the announcement on Saturday, saying the purpose is to promote economic and social activities as well as necessary international exchanges.

Since May 17, people who came into close contact with those infected within Taiwan have already been exempted from isolation, on condition that they received three doses of vaccine.

Taiwan's latest relaxing of its quarantine rules came after an increasing number of countries in Europe and Asia eased their measures at ports of entry.

Taiwan authorities say after leaving quarantine, visitors from overseas will still be banned from going out unless absolutely necessary during the period from the fourth day through the seventh day after their arrival.

However, they will be allowed to go to work during that period on condition that they have taken antigen tests and tested negative within two days ahead of when they hope to work.

Taiwan authorities also plan to set the target cap for the weekly number of arrivals at 25,000 -- 5,000 more than the recent weekly tallies of visitors.

They say they will consider relaxing the anti-virus measures further, depending on the coronavirus situation.